TA (Trevor) Williams is one of the most gentlemanly authors I’ve come across so I’m thrilled to be starting the launch celebrations for his latest book What Happens in the Alps which was published on 21st March 2016 by Harlequin/Carina UK and is available on Amazon US, Amazon UK, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.
I have a smashing guest post from Trevor and at the very bottom of this post you can enter for the chance to win an e-copy of What Happens in the Alps, but first, find out about this lovely read.
What Happens in the Alps
Up in the magical, snow kissed mountains…
Two years ago, Annie Brewer’s life was turned upside down when her adrenaline-junkie husband died in a tragic climbing accident. So she’s hoping that moving to the beautiful village of Santorso in the Italian Alps will finally put her life back on track!
…anything can happen!
She might be going into business with her oldest friend – notorious lady-charmer Matt Brown – but men are definitely out of the question for Annie! That is, until she bumps into tall, dark and delicious Alessandro Lago on the ski slopes…and spontaneously says ‘Yes’ to a date! It must be the crisp mountain air but suddenly, anything seems possible. The only trouble is, chivalrous Matt is looking more gorgeous than ever…
A sparkling romantic comedy guaranteed to beat the winter blues, What Happens in the Alps…is one story you don’t want miss in 2016!
How much of me goes into my books?
A Guest Post by TA Williams
Well, they say you should write about what you know. And I suppose I should know lots about me. So it’s pretty inevitable that I’m going to transpose stuff from my life onto my characters. Let’s take a look at What Happens in the Alps…, my seventh book for publishers Carina UK. Where does Trevor Williams rear his bald and wrinkly head?
For starters, like with my previous books, I didn’t make it easy for myself. I chose to write this one from the standpoint of the main character, Annie. Annie is a woman. I’m not. So not much chance of overlap there, I hear you say. Well, that’s not strictly correct.
You see, first of all, Annie falls in love with a black Labrador called Leo. He speaks Italian (or at least he understands it). My old Lab definitely slotted in straight after my wife and daughter in my affections (outstripping both of them on occasions, but don’t tell them I said that). Leo is also directly responsible for introducing Annie to the handsome Alessandro.
So, we’ve established that Annie has inherited my love of big black dogs.
Second, Annie goes off to live in Santorso, in the beautiful Italian Alps. Well, many, many years ago, I lived and worked there. Santorso, my invented town, is very closely modelled on Aosta, situated in a mountain valley just south of the Mont Blanc tunnel. Annie shares my love of that wonderful place. I hope my description of it manages to do justice to somewhere that will always be very dear to me. If I wasn’t married to the only Italian in the world who prefers to live in England rather than in Italy, I would, without doubt, be writing this in a little house somewhere in Italy.
So that’s the dog and the place. Now, what about the story? Annie sets up her own English Language School. That’s what I did. In fact, I spent eight years of my life working in TEFL in Italy and then came back to the UK when our daughter was born and continued here in Devon for many years. In consequence, I know a lot about language schools so it was, as they say, a no-brainer to write about this particular field of activity.
The other characters? The local people working in and around the school are based on people I knew when I lived there. All the characters in the book love good wine and good food, and that’s me all over.
Looking back over my previous books, I find numerous other examples of how experiences and people in my life appear in my work. In When Alice Met Danny Alice buys a house to develop and finds it full of poo. That is exactly what I did when I first started doing a bit of property developing. Her work colleague, Danny, loves windsurfing. So did I for years until I knackered my back. In What Happens in Tuscany…, the enigmatic Paul Taylor loves fritto misto. I’m with him a far as that’s concerned. Not familiar with fritto misto? Read the book and I guarantee you’ll be salivating by the end! In What Happens in the Alps… Annie’s crazy about skiing. I was lucky enough to be given a full season lift pass each year by one of my (very wealthy) students when I lived in Aosta/Santorso, and I used it every week from November to April. I hope my love of the mountains and skiing comes through on the pages of What Happens in the Alps… .
So, one way or another, I’m afraid you’ll find out quite a bit about me in my books. I hope you enjoy my latest offering.
And here’s more information about Trevor!
Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, Dirty Minds one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
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